Corner Gas - Season One

Not bad, but, unless you're already a fan, jump to season two. Or just watch the last episode if you're not sure. The romance subplot was awful, but they picked up the fumble later on.



Derek - Season One

Great cast. Sometimes everything comes together and works but, most of the time, it varies weirdly between cringey, hilarious, boring, touching, and cheesy. I admire the effort (A+), but I'd have rather not wasted my time.



Good Times (1974-1979)

When this show started, it was supposed to be a serious drama disguised as sitcom. Then it became a wacky, nothing-special sitcom because watching people teetering on the edge of starvation is exhausting but watching a funny twenty-minute show at the end of a hard day is nice.

Norman Lear sitcoms are sometimes emotionally poignant, and they often try to prove a point in a preaching-to-the-choir way. But they're almost never entertaining.



Wings - Season One

One of the most unfairly-forgotten sitcoms of all time, involving some of the writers from Cheers. In spite of a rocky first few episodes, it holds up much better than most sitcoms from the same era. Also, it takes place in Nantucket and, in one episode, they have an almost-unrecognisable Megan Mullally play the girl from the limerick.



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Children's Hospital - Season 7

As much as I enjoyed this, it was probably the right call to make this the last season. Seasons 3-6 where perfect and so was most of this one, but weaker filler episodes started creeping in. Still, it was a lot more good than bad, and I really loved the final episode.



Man Down - Season 1

An over-the-top combination of violent slapstick and the most miserable of British humour.

It takes a handful of sturdy, reliable sitcom tropes and twists them into near-unrecognizability. The entire cast is brilliant, the writing is excellent, and Roisin Conaty's blind enthusiasm brilliantly offsets the rest of the show. Even with a rocky first episode, I couldn't recommend this strongly enough.



Man Down, 1st Christmas Special

What an amazing and beautiful cast this was.



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